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Cecil B. de Mille's Classic World War I Spy Drama Starring Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese Actor, Matinee Idol And Sex Symbol Of The Silent Era, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Silent w/Musical Score, 1917, 1 Hour 8 Minutes.) #TheSecretGame #CecilBDeMille #SessueHayakawa #MovieStars #FilmStars #MatineeIdols #SexSymbols #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #Hollywood #ClassicalHollywoodCinema #ClassicalHollywoodNarrative #ClassicHollywoodCinema #OldHollywood #AmericanCinema #USCinema #CinemaOfTheUS #SilentFilms #SilentMovies #SilentEra #WorldWarI #WorldWarOne #WorldWar1 #WWI #WW1 #FirstWorldWar #FirstEuropeanWar #WarToEndAllWars #TheWarToEndAllWars #TheGreatWar #EuropeanCivilWar #EuropeanCivilWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Japan was an ally of Britain and America during World War I, in contrast to World War II. Accordingly, the great Cecil B. de Mille directs this picture where we see manifold Japanese stereotypes of the day peculiarly employed in the service of good as Sessue Hayakawa portrays a Japanese spy trying to protect American military secrets from the Germans.
Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor, producer, matinee idol and sex symbol (June 10, 1889 - November 23, 1973) was born Kintaro Hayakawa in the village of Nanaura, now part of a town called Chikura, in the city of Minamiboso in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Known professionally as Sessue Hayakawa, he was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent film era of the 1910s and 1920s. Hayakawa was the first actor of Asian descent to achieve stardom as a leading man in the United States and Europe. His "broodingly handsome" good looks and typecasting as a sexually dominant villain made him a heartthrob among American women during a time of racial discrimination, and he became one of the first male sex symbols of Hollywood. After being expelled from the Japanese naval academy and surviving a suicide attempt at 18, Hayakawa attended the University of Chicago, where he studied political economics and quarterbacked the school's football team. Upon graduating, he traveled to Los Angeles in order to board a scheduled ship back to Japan, but decided to try out acting in Little Tokyo. There, Hayakawa impressed Hollywood figures and was signed on to star in The Typhoon (1914). He made his breakthrough in The Cheat (1915), and thereafter became famous for his roles as a forbidden lover. Hayakawa was one of the highest paid stars of his time, earning 5K USD per week in 1915, and 2M USD per year through his own production company from 1918 to 1921. Hayakawa's popularity and sex appeal ("his most rabid fan base was white women") unsettled many segments of American society which were filled with feelings of the Yellow Peril. With two World Wars taking place throughout his career, and rising anti-Asian sentiment in the United States, the types of roles that he usually played were gradually "taken over by other actors who were not as threatening as Hayakawa in terms of race and sex". Hayakawa left Hollywood in 1922 and worked in Japanese and European cinema for many years before making his Hollywood comeback in Tokyo Joe (1949). Of his talkies, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Colonel Saito in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Hayakawa starred in over 80 feature films, and two of his films (The Cheat and The Bridge on the River Kwai) stand in the United States National Film Registry. Sessue Hayakawa died on November 23, 1973 from a cerebral thrombosis, complicated by pneumonia at the age of 87. He was buried in the Chokeiji Temple Cemetery in Toyama, Japan.